Musical Theatre Podcast Episode 7 – The I Want Song

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In episode 7 of the Take Me to the World Musical Theatre Podcast, I talk about the “I Want Song.” This is one of my favourite types of songs in musical theatre. I go into what the I want song is, why is used, and a few different types of the I want song.

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Resources – Music

This has links (mostly on Spotify, unless otherwise stated) to the cast recordings/soundtracks that I mentioned in this podcast, as well as to some musical playlists.

It’s Broadway, Bitch – Spotify Playlist. This has over 2000 songs from different musicals I’ve either seen or have listened to obsessively. Most of the playlist is from stage musicals, but I have a few movie musicals and musical TV shows on here as well. Albums are in random order. Some songs contain strong language and subject matter, so listener discretion is advised.

Sounds of Broadway. This is an online radio station with over 4600 songs from 560 different musicals. This is a great way to listen to musicals you know and discover some musicals you may have never heard of before. The station also has a great weekly podcast about musicals as well.

Company (2006 Broadway Revival Cast)

Hamilton (2015 Original Broadway Cast)

The Little Mermaid (1989 Movie Soundtrack)

The Little Mermaid (2008 Original Broadway Cast)

Little Shop of Horrors (2003 New Broadway Cast)

The Lion King (1994 Movie Soundtrack)

The Lion King (1997 Original Broadway Cast)

Next to Normal (2009 Original Broadway Cast)

Pocahontas (1995 Movie Soundtrack)

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1979 Original Broadway Cast)

The Wizard of Oz (1939 Movie Soundtrack)

Wicked (2003 Original Broadway Cast)

Resources – Videos

These are links on Just Watch (unless otherwise noted) for the following movie versions of the musicals I talked about in this episode. Just Watch will have links to where you can watch these movies on various streaming sites.

The Little Mermaid (1989 Movie)

Little Shop of Horrors (1986 Movie)

The Lion King (1994 Movie)

Pocahontas (1995 Movie)

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007 Movie)

The Wizard of Oz (1939 Movie)

Resources – Websites and Apps

Company. There is an upcoming Broadway run of Company (similar to the West End production a couple of years ago). In this version, the role of Bobby will be played by a woman, and I also believe they’re making one of the married couples a same-sex couple. I love the fact this musical is getting a modern update like this.

Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway.

Hamilton Musical the official website where to get tickets for all current/upcoming productions of Hamilton.

Little Shop of Horrors. There is currently an Off-Broadway production of this musical.

Wicked. This classic musical has been running on Broadway since 2003 and is always fantastic. There is also the London production for Wicked.

Reddit Musicals and Reddit Musical Theatre. Both of these subreddits are great places to go if you want to talk about musicals, get tips (if you’re a performer), and to get recommendations on shows to check out.

Broadway Musical Home. This is an amazing website for any musical theatre lover. They have an alphabetical list of over 300 musicals, and you can look up musicals by different categories like “based on a book” and “based on real life.” For anyone or any theatre company looking to put on a musical, you can check out the Rights page, where you can find where to get the rights to put on a variety of musicals.

Playbill has a listing for shows (musicals and plays) in New York, London and National Tours.

Today Tix is an App for both iOS and Android. You can use the app to buy cheap, same-day tickets for shows in cities like New York, London, Toronto, Chicago, and more. I used this app with great success in London and highly recommend it. Please note: Hamilton is not on TodayTix. The only way to win Hamilton lottery tickets is through the official Hamilton website or App.

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Check out some more Musical Theatre Podcast Episodes on Take Me to the World

Had you head of the I Want song before? What’s your favourite I Want Song from a musical?